§ Mr. Shephard
asked the Secretary of State for India whether leave stations are provided for troops serving on the Indo-Burma Front; and, if so, what daily charge is made to troops using them.
§ Mr. Amery
Yes, Sir. There are at present 42 leave centres maintained by the Government of India for the use of members of the British Services serving in the India Command and on the Burma Front in South-East Asia Command. These provide accommodation for 23,000 persons at any one time and it is planned to expand this to 52,000 for next year. These centres are free and rations are issued, but small charges are sometimes made for extras such as laundry. In addition, there is leave accommodation for 5,000 men provided by philanthropic1146W organisations. Charges are made which vary from 4 rupees 2 annas a day to 2 rupees 6 annas a day.